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Telegram to T. H. Randall from Rome on 14 March 1957

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Author: King, Martin Luther, Jr. (Dexter Avenue Baptist Church)

Date: March 20, 1957

Location: Rome, Italy

Genre: Letter

Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Travels


Following a brief visit to Nigeria, the Kings arrived in Europe. This telegram to the Dexter congregation was printed six days later in the church's newsletter, the Dexter Echo.

Professor TH Randall, Chr Board Deacons 1

dear members, having wonderful experience…africa was most inspiring…we are now in rome with the experiences of geneva, paris, and london still ahead. we think of you often…we can never forget your kindness…will see you very soon.

Your Pastor and His Wife 

1. Thomas Hamilton Randall (1887-1965), born in Russell County, Alabama, attended Selma University before earning a B.A. (1913) from Howard University and an M.A. (1939) from the University of Michigan. Randall served on Dexter Church's advisory board beginning in 1933, and became a deacon around 1939. A long-time Sunday school teacher at Dexter, Randall was elected Vice Chairman of Deacons in 1941 and served as chair of the board of deacons from 1947 until 1961. 

Source: DABCC-INP, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church Collection, In Private Hands

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